After an entertaining World Heavyweight Championship match between Sheamus and the Big Show at Hell in a Cell, expectations were high for the rematch of the giants.
The feud became one of the most memorable matches of the card, but not because of the match itself.
Instead, the events after the match made the great feud even better.
Sunday’s resulted in a very predictable ending, as Sheamus inadvertently hit the referee with a brogue kick that allowed Big Show to take advantage and get the pin.
This ending changes the perception of both superstars.
Sheamus has relied on being the clever face that takes advantage of any situation, regardless of whether it is dishonest in any way. Take his feud with Alberto Del Rio for example. Stealing a car for a joy ride is typically a heel tactic, yet Sheamus was able to sympathize with fans.
In Sunday’s match, however, he realized how it felt when it was done to him.
What happened after was not so typical.
After the referee reversed the decision and declared Sheamus the winner due to disqualification, both superstars became frustrated; they had both reached their limit.
Big Show still kept the belt but was notably outraged over his loss.
Sheamus was upset over losing the match; there truly was no closure for either big man, which led to Sheamus using a steel chair on the reigning champion.
The chairshots themselves were important because it signaled the continuation of the feud to the next pay-per-view, Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
The way Sheamus delivered the shots at Big Show were out of frustration and left the Big Show crawling his way to the back. The giant who was billed as unstoppable became vulnerable, which may be a sign of things to come.
The likelihood that Big Show loses the belt increases, and that benefits Sheamus—or Dolph Ziggler, who has been patiently waiting.